Gigs a plenty this week…

On Tuesday, Sacred Paws have a new album, and ‘Strike A Match’ gets its launch at Glasgow’s Old Hairdressers.
Also in Glasgow, the premiere of ‘Lost In France’, the movie about assorted Scottish indie bands’ trip to Mauron 20 years ago. It’s followed by a sellout show with supergroup featuring assorted Delgados, Moggers and Hubbys among others.

Same night, in Inverness, at Ironworks, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

On Wednesday 22nd – Catholic Action play the first of a chain of Scottish shows, at Dundee’s Bar 15.

And in Edinburgh on Wednesday, new promotion company Discover Music have a show at the City Café in Edinburgh, with Mark Deans, Luna Delirious and Amy Louise Rogers.
They go up against the formidable opposition of the Pet Shop Boys at the Playhouse and Barbara Dickson at the QUeen’s Hall.

Thursday 23rd sees Catholic Action arrive at Inverness Tooth and Claw, while in Glasgow, Huntley’s & Palmers celebrates its 10th Anniversary at the Art School, The Twistettes are at the Rum Shack, and The Handsome Family make a rare trip to the city, playing St Lukes.
Aberdeen has Indigo Velvet at The Tunnels.

On Friday 24th, The Spook School are at The Scores in St Andrews, and
Catholic Action at Cafe Drummond in Aberdeen

A worldwide series of events under the snappy banner ‘Induct Gene Clark into the Songwriters Hall of Fame’ mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers. The founder member of The Byrds’ work is celebrated in New York, Colorado, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Michigan, Brighton, and, Edinburgh’s Wee Red Bar on Friday 24th from 7pm.
In Edinburgh, choices again – Happy Meals at Teviot Underground or Oi Polloi at La Belle Angele.

Saturday has Meursault, saying ‘I Will Kill Again’ at Summerhall in Edinburgh – it’s ok, it’s just the title of their new album! It’s an all-dayer, and also on the bill: Lush Purr, Faith Elliot, Now Wakes The Sea, Adam Stafford, and James Yorkston.

In Stirling on Saturday 25th at the Tolbooth, Strange Behaviours is back with math-rock/free jazz trio Taupe from Newcastle, alongside a new indie/shoegaze pop outfit from Glasgow called Yolo Manolo, and Stirlingshire’s own Niamh Baker.

Seminal Canadian punk folk rocker Eugene Ripper is at Cumbernauld’s The Vortex at The Weavers on Saturday 25th. Promoting new record ‘Altercool’, he’s supported by local types The Puzzlers in acoustic mode, plus antifolk legend Lach.

And Dominic Waxing Lyrical launch new album ‘Rural Tonic’ (despite it not being out until April 21st). The LP, in collaboration with chamber group Mr. McFall’s Chamber gets its live airing in Edinburgh at La Belle Angele on February 25th. More on that below…